CHICO, Calif. - Some are ready to mask up again as they are worried about the Delta variant reaching Butte County.
"I am willing to do it to protect other people primarily and also to protect myself,” said Chico resident Natalie Alison-Moran. “I am not a young person and I could use any protection I can get."
"I don't want to get sick,” said Chico resident Raymond Moran. “I think it is very important and I am worried about it.
The Delta variant was first detected in India and it is more contagious than other variants.
Butte County Public Health said it could be the dominant strain and might a threat to those who not fully vaccinated.
Uzi Rodriguez is one of those people but tells me he is not too concerned.
"For me personally, I am not too worried about it,” said Rodriguez. “Me and my family, we are pretty healthy."
About 36% of people are fully vaccinated in Butte County and about 41% are partially vaccinated.
In counties like Modoc County, only about 25% are fully vaccinated and about 32% are partially vaccinated and in Tehama County, about 26% are fully vaccinated and 29% are partially vaccinated.
You can see the trend, more people partially vaccinated or unvaccinated than fully vaccinated.
"Knowing that there is a more contagious variety that has greater health effects, I would think that people would really want to get vaccinated and I am kind of surprised that they are so reluctant to after growing up in a period where we are protected by vaccines,” said Allison-Moran.
Right now, reports suggest that both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are effective at preventing severe COVID-19 caused by the Delta variant.
Butte County Public Health said the Delta variant is now responsible for about one in every five new infections across the country.